Daniel Craig covers Vanity Fair, talks about fame, crying & drinking in bars

Believe it or not, I love that Vanity Fair put Daniel Craig on their cover. VF usually wants to get the most controversy for their covers, and failing that, they’ll just put a dead celebrity or a Kennedy on the cover. So it’s nice that they just went with a talented actor who is notoriously crotchety, who has a big franchise film to promote. Now, that being said, this cover is AWFUL. It looks like they super-imposed his mugshot onto a photo of a chick’s crotch. It looks really cheap, as in “low production value”.

Anyway, Daniel will make his third outing as James Bond in Skyfall, which I am looking forward to more and more each day. Daniel’s interview seems pretty decent too… some highlights from VF:

“You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone’s got a camera,” Daniel Craig tells Vanity Fair writer Juli Weiner of the challenges of being Bond. “Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that’s an example. So you can’t live a normal life anymore. Because it will become public knowledge that you’ve whatever—gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that’s kind of—I’ve got to be high-class. I’ve done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars.”

On the eve of the release of his third turn as Bond in the upcoming Skyfall, Daniel Craig reflects on the iconic character and how the franchise has matured. “What I’m doing is not what Pierce was doing, and Pierce wasn’t doing what Roger Moore was doing, or what Sean was doing, or what Timothy [Dalton] was doing. Things have changed. It’s just kind of the ride of it. Pierce used to say that it’s like being responsible for a small country. It’s kind of like you have to look after it diplomatically. I kind of get that, but I can’t really say that’s my deal. I’m not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy.”

“It’s amazing how many times I’ve sat in interviews like this in a bar or a hotel, and it’s 11 o’clock in the morning and someone sends a martini over,” he says, laughing. “And it’s like, Really? It’s 11 o’clock! Cheers! I’m not going to drink it.”

Of the controversy first kicked up in May over Skyfall’s featuring of Heineken, meanwhile—notably not a martini—Craig says: “Now, product placement, whichever way you look at it, whether you like it or you think it’s disgusting, or whatever, it’s what it is. . . . Heineken gave us a ton of money for there to be Heineken in a shot in a bar. So, how easy is that? Just to say, O.K., there’s Heineken. It’s there—it’s in the back of the shot. Without them, the movie couldn’t get sold, so that all got kind of blown up. ‘Bond’s new drink is a Heineken.’ He likes a lot of drinks—Heineken, champagne; it’s all in there.” Craig explains that “I’ll drink a beer in the shot, I’m happy to, but I’m not going to do an ‘Ahhhhh’ [pantomiming an actor looking refreshed]. And I would say this because they’re paying, but they’re kind of respectful about it. They don’t want to screw the movie up.”

Of seeing some of Bond’s softer side in Casino Royale—one scene in particular where he sheds a tear for his deceased girlfriend who betrayed him—Craig charmingly defends the machismo of his character: “He didn’t sob. There was, like, a tear in his eye. No snot coming out of his nose, you know.” This sense of humor is, co-star Judi Dench says, crucial to playing Bond: “The glorious thing about [Craig] is he has a great sense of humor. That’s essential—the whole essence of Bond is that he doesn’t take himself so seriously.”

[From Vanity Fair]

I get that Daniel Craig went from “respected, little-known actor in mostly UK independent productions” to “James Bond” all of a sudden, and that change kind of shattered and changed his life. But I also get tired of hearing Daniel bitch about it. Thankfully, he seems to be toning down his normal ‘tude a bit here. What do you make of “I’m not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy”? He IS the poster boy, and it’s a great honor for an actor, and there are lots of well-known actors who would love a chance to play James Bond, so why is Daniel still so f—king surly about it?

Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair and Pacific Coast News.

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  1. KellyinSeattle says:

    He doesn’t look that good to me; I’d rather hear about the Michael Jackson story on the magazine. I prefer Sean Connery for Bond.

  2. Amelia says:

    Completely superficial and a bit off-topic, but I love his eyes in the cover shot. They remind me of my cat’s … who is a bit of a pansy, actually. He’s scared of spiders.
    Ah, well. I love ‘em both ^^

  3. Mira says:

    I like the bitch in Craig. He’s always pissed about something. He’s consistent.

    • Stacie says:

      That’s what makes him so damn HOT ! : ) He’s always pissed and or mad ! Love it .

    • Molly says:

      Didn’t he leave marry Rachel Without letting his live in gf know that he was breaking up w/her?

      • Mira says:

        Yes, something like that and his ex is one hell of a bad ass. She washed off a million dollars on his credit card as payback. That would have pissssed him off like crazy :)

  4. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Why can’t fassbender dress like this when he’s casual?

  5. Elisabeth says:

    i love him and Rachel Weiss
    <3 <3

  6. marie says:

    I know, I know-he may be douchey and bitchs quite often but I still love him.. I think I love him because he bitchs..

  7. hoya_chick says:

    Why is he so grumpy?! He is hot, rich, is James Bond and gets to bang Rachel Weisz! Stop complaining! What did he think was going to happen when he signed on to play one of the most iconic people in cinema? It’s kind of annoying at this point. He could have chosen a lower profile character-actor driven career path, but with blockbuster success comes the attention so I don’t get why he is so bitchy. They both look so sexy and happy (well her not so much him lol) in that photo, totally in sync with each other, awww.

    Oh and that photo is so crass and low budget, eww.

  8. Jayna says:

    I do feel bad for actors nowdays with the cellphone/cameras. You literally can have photos and videotape being taken of you every single time you’re out or anywhere by someone.

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, I can imagine it is a major hassle. Of course, we all have to take the good with the bad, and it’s not like he isn’t compensated well.

  9. Ella says:

    I think a lot of male actors do this. They have to pose shirtless in designer pants for GQ while doing their best Blue Steel, so to balance everything out they have to publicly slag off the industry that pays them to do that.

  10. Stacie says:

    Love Daniel . He’s so lovely and those eyes are to die for .So dreamy . I can’t wait to see Skyfall .

  11. Norah says:

    Ermahgerd! Vladimir Putin!!

  12. stellalovejoydiver says:

    “There’s nothing worse than somebody who complains.” Rachel Weisz

    I emphathize with him, if I was an actor, I still would like to have a normal life, but because of the internet and the smartphones everything is so transparent, which in general has its advantages and disadvantages, but I might start thinking that I`m under constant surveillance.
    I kind of get what he´s saying about being a poster boy, I think a lot of things get projected on him.
    I find this interview less whiny than usual.

  13. Lem says:

    I imagine most (serious) actors don’t really want to be known as just one character.
    Judi Dench is fabulous in the series, but I imagine people don’t walk up to her calling her M.
    Bale has had many characters but I imagine he hears “I’m Batman” way more often than anyone calls Freeman Mr. Fox
    As for the privacy thing; he’s a celebrity who doesn’t court the tabloids. He’s entitled to a drink in a bar without us gossiping about it.
    My husband is, shall we say, popular. We live a small life. We are in absolutely no way famous. We live in Ohio. We have been in a ski lodge in Colorado, kayaking in WV, and once on a plane to nowhere when people come out of the bushes. We can’t go to the grocer uninterrupted. We can’t go to dinner without drinks coming over. We can’t have a fight in a parking lot, in another state without someone who ‘knows’ him popping up. It’s annoying! I get it! This is just a popular guy- in no way famous.
    We have many ‘famous’ friends. A few whom – the WORLD knows of her. She(s) needs security in the restrooms or to walk through a crowd. Oddly enough the equally recognizable men are not mobbed, just pointed at. Thankfully, we don’t get that! Imagine how hard that would be – everyday. I totally get it
    * Lohan/Rimes/ the KKK girls – have no standing to complain*

  14. Lem says:

    That man can wear the hell out of a suit!

  15. j.eyre says:

    Gracious – Daniel Craig’s steely gaze and Tom Wolfe’s name in one spot, I’m getting the vapors!
    I love Bond and give free passes to whoever plays him – especially when they do it so well. And one thing about Daniel Craig, he wears the hell out of anything on that physique – suits *swoons*, t-shirts, towels *faints*

  16. MOONAGE says:

    I’m not one for admiring Daniels looks, but i rate him an awful lot for his acting abilities. One of my favourite films is The road to perdition, and i almost forgot he was in it! If you want to see Daniel, in what for me is his greatest role EVER, check out the most excellent landmark British t.v drama ‘Our friends in the north’. He plays a character named ‘Geordie’.An unforgettable performance..makes you weep.To watch him play that role, along side Bond etc, makes him – for me, a very versatile actor. I have never been sure he is confident in his role as ‘vagina attractor’, he almost seems uncomforable with the label.

  17. Trashaddict says:

    Heck, I just wanted to be in that shower with him in Casino Royale. That had me completely sold.

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      When he licks/kisses each of her fingers? Oooohhhh yeah. **tingle**

      I mean, shower scene? What shower scene?

  18. Amanda_M87 says:

    Craig looks hot on that cover, as usual.